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snubbed by trump, japanese leader returns for summit at mar-a-lago

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snubbed by trump, japanese leader returns for summit at mar-a-lago

barely two weeks after donald trump was elected, shinzo abe rushed to trump tower to meet america's new leader in a cordial 90-minute visit.the japanese prime minister was also the first foreign leader invited to mar-a-lago, trump's resort in palm beach, fla. and the relationship blossomed further when the president made japan the first stop in his asia trip last fall — a visit featuring golf, burgers and matching baseball caps emblazoned with "donald & shinzo: make alliance even greater."advertisementbut despite those promising beginnings, abe's view of trump has suddenly veered to alarm.tokyo was dismayed last month when trump suddenly announced he would meet with kim jong un, the north korean despot. there had been nary a word of warning, much less consultation, for america's closest friend in the western pacific.adding insult to injury, later the same month, japan was the only major american ally not promised an exemption from trump's hefty new tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum."i think the japanese thought that abe kind of knew how to handle trump. that was his big mistake," said clyde prestowitz, a top trade negotiator in the reagan administration and expert on east asian economics.now, chastened and anxious, abe will return to mar-a-lago on tuesday for a crucial summit with trump.the focus will be on north korea and its nuclear weapons program — an issue vastly more urgent for tokyo than for washington. although kim may have nuclear missiles capable of...